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How Coronavirus is affecting the world of lotteries

The COVID-19 virus continues to affect the health and lives of us all, so some world lotteries will inevitably suffer at the hands of the global pandemic.

Spanish Lottery Update

Today the Spanish lottery operator Sociedad Estatal Loterías y Apuestas del Estado (SELAE) has announced they are to suspend all ticket sales.

This means that draws taking place from 16 March onwards will be postponed until a later date. If you have purchased a ticket, keep it safe as it will still be valid when the draw takes place.

The EuroMillions and El Millón draws scheduled for 17 March and 20 March will be held as normal.

If you have a winning ticket, the deadlines for claiming and collecting your winnings has been extended.

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Ireland Lottery Update

Lottery Ireland

Premier Lotteries Ireland also issued a news press advising the lottery will continue to operate as usual.

Still, if you are lucky enough to win €15,000 or more, you will need to make an appointment to collect your prize.

The National Lottery said in a statement today: "Our priority is always the safety of our employees and our players and given recent developments, staff have been instructed to work remotely with a limited team on-site to facilitate draw and prize claims.

"The necessary preparations have been put in place so that all draw activity will take place as scheduled, with Lotto draws being conducted at 8 pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays; EuroMillions draws being held at 8 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays, and Daily Million draws taking place twice daily.

"As per our usual claims process, prizes up to and including €100 may be claimed at any National Lottery agent store across the country. Agents may pay higher prizes (up to and including €2,500) at their discretion.

We will continue to update with the latest situation on world lotteries during the current situation.  If there is going to be any planned disruption to your favourite lottery you can keep up to date on this blog.

Stay safe!

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